Edinburgh Guide: Need to Know
Edinburgh's central tourist information centre is located at the top of Princes Mall on Princes Street.
3 Princes Street,
0845 225 5121
Edinburgh is a medieval city built on seven hills; so sadly, many of the beautiful buildings are not naturally suited to accessibility. Though improvements are constantly being made, restrictions have been placed on listed buildings, so that it is not possible to widen doors/add ramps for wheelchair access. Luckily, due to recent legislation, any new buildings or developments made must be fully accessible.
All public transportation rub by Lothian Buses now has facilities for wheelchair users, and wheelchair-friendly taxis are in operation around the city.
For more information, please see Lothian Buses.
Embassies & consulates
For a list of local consular offices, please see the City of Edinburgh Council website.
There are several places in the city that will take left luggage, most of which can be found in the major transport terminals
St Andrew Square Bus Station
St Andrews Square
St Andrews Square bus station has left luggage lockers in two different sizes.
Waverley Train Station
0131 558 3829
The left luggage facilities are located on platform 2, and run by Excess Baggage.
Open 7am-11pm daily.
0131 344 3486
Left luggage facilities at the airport can be found the check-in area and the Internationals Arrivals hall.
Open 5.15am-10.45pm daily.
There are many currency exchange outlets in Edinburgh, in banks and other establishments throughout the city. Most banks will charge a small commission to change currency, but other establishments will change money commission free. There are also Bureaux de Change facilities at the airport, Waverley Station and other transport terminals. Please note that though travellers’ cheques can exchanged for cash in banks, in the UK, these are not widely accepted as tender, and so cannot be used over the counter in shops and restaurants.
Commission-free Bureaux de Change:
Marks and Spencers
54 Princes Street,
Edinburgh EH2 2DQ,
0131 225 2301
8-10 St James Centre
40 Frederick Street
33 Forrest Road
5 Brougham Street
To call an Edinburgh number from overseas, first dial the international access code (00 for Europe, 011 for USA) or the + sign, then the UK code (44), and then dial the number of that person you want to call, omitting the first zero.
British number: 079 7658 6565
To call from overseas: + 44 79 7658 6565
The local areas codes for Scotland are:
Mobile phone number have the prefix 07-
Number with the prefix 080- are toll free.
To call abroad from Edinburgh, dial the international access code, followed by the country code, followed by the local number. For a list of country codes please see here.
Accident and Emergency
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
0131 536 1000
The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh houses Edinburgh’s Accident and Emergency Department (A & E) which operates 24 hours a day. If you have a medical emergency, you can dial 999 for an ambulance which will take you there. If you have an injury but are able to transport yourself, then you can report to the reception and be assessed by a nurse before being seen by a doctor.
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
9 Sciennes Road
Tel: 0131 536 0000
The Royal Hospital for Sick Children should be used for emergencies of children under 12 years of age.
Getting to Edinburgh
Check out our ‘From there to here: Edinburgh’ guide.
Scotland does sunny spells and brisk winds like L.A. does constant summer, so no matter what time of year you come and visit you can get some lovely weather. However, our weather doesn’t do extremes very well. We get occasional snow in winter and temperatures run between 1° and 6° Celsius. The worst thing about winter here is the wind, which will rip right through you, and the short days, with only 7 daylight hours on average in midwinter.
On the plus side, this means that in the summertime the sun sets at around 11pm and rises again at 4am, giving you 18 hours of light to play with. Summer temperatures can hit around 20° - 22°, but the nights do get cold, so light layers is the order of the day. In between, it’s a mix of sun, lots of showers and that wind again. For up to date weather forecasting, check out the BBC Weather site.
Edinburgh Council: A handy A – Z of local services.
Citizens Advice Bureau: This contains advice and help on any consumer matter for residents
Now that you know the basics. You must be eager to get under the skin of Edinburgh! Search and book for events and use Clicket's My Itinerary to create your own creative adventures in Edinburgh.
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